Mutu near to Juve switch
By Dominique Antognoni
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Juventus are closing in on the capture of Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu, after submitting an offer for the Romania international.
Mutu has demanded showdown talks with new Blues boss Jose Mourinho regarding his future at Stamford Bridge.
Following the summer arrivals of Didier Drogba and Mateja Kezman, Mutu is concerned about his prospects of regular first team football.
It appears he has not been convinced he has a prominent role to play for The Premiership's big-spenders and is set to return to Serie A.
The Turin giants have put together a package to bring the 25-year-old back to Italy after just one season in West London.
Mutu joined Chelsea last summer in a £15.8 million deal from Parma but it seems The Blues are prepared to cut their losses on the hit-man.
Fiorentina are also keen on Mutu but it appears the prospect of UEFA Champions League football with Juventus has swung the deal in their favour.
Juve are understood to have asked Chelsea if they can take Mutu on loan for the season, with a view to a permanent move next summer.
The forward's representative Giovanni Becali confirmed a deal is in the pipeline after Mutu received no assurances from Mourinho.
"Mutu spoke with Mourinho and asked him if he has the same chances of a place like a main player," Becali told skysports.com.
"The coach explained to the Romanian striker that the order is this: Kezman, Drogba, Gudjohnsen and only then Mutu.
"Juve will pay the whole salary of the player and, at the end of the season, they will have the right to purchase him. The loan deal is for free."
The ex-Dinamo Bucharest starlet enjoyed a fine start to his Chelsea career but the goals dried up in the second half of the campaign and he will be aiming to rediscover the goal trail in Italy.